Monthly Archives: January 2008

Now I’ve seen everything…

Armond White’s complimentary review of the U2 concert documentary — kind of. He’s correctly notes the thrilling juxtaposition of surreality and documentary-style concert footage seen in the video of my favorite band: U2 3D lacks the techno apotheosis you can … Continue reading

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I’m shocked that this article would miss the obvious explanation as to why Florida has so many seniors: the aging Cuban exile community. Naturally, it omits the most obvious explanation for why the U.S. was so generous towards my Cuban … Continue reading

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I’m shocked that this article would miss the obvious explanation as to why Florida has so many seniors: the aging Cuban exile community. Naturally, it omits the most obvious explanation for why the U.S. was so generous towards my Cuban … Continue reading

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In defense of secularism

Responding to a Mitt “Mitt” Romney speech on his religious beliefs that, in the spin cycle of current pol drama, feels like ages ago (i.e. it was in December), Hendrik Hertzberg defines secularism in the best and simplest of terms: … Continue reading

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In defense of secularism

Responding to a Mitt “Mitt” Romney speech on his religious beliefs that, in the spin cycle of current pol drama, feels like ages ago (i.e. it was in December), Hendrik Hertzberg defines secularism in the best and simplest of terms: … Continue reading

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There will be non-epic

Upton Sinclair is a writer on the periphery of the periphery for me: I read and was duly horrified by The Jungle in high school; was a socialist but a best-seller in his day. His ethos — a didactic, flat-footed … Continue reading

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There will be non-epic

Upton Sinclair is a writer on the periphery of the periphery for me: I read and was duly horrified by The Jungle in high school; was a socialist but a best-seller in his day. His ethos — a didactic, flat-footed … Continue reading

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No dangling conversations need apply

So that’s where Art Garfunkel’s been — reading Lucretius, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Hardy, and, er, Fareed Zakaria. Thus proving that erstwhile partner Paul Simon’s not the only rocker who can cite Wallace Stevens. Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for the … Continue reading

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Two obits — by the NYT’s A.O. Scott and Slate’s Dana Stevens — try to unearth the nature of Heath Ledger’s promise. I prefer Stevens’ because it concentrates on the problem that James Wolcott (no link, alas) addressed earlier in … Continue reading

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Heath Ledger 1972-2008

Ugh. He’ll forever be remembered for Brokeback Mountain, deservedly, but his quiet performance in I’m Not There is the kind of unadorned excellent acting that never gets noticed, and suggests that he was only now discovering his power. He was … Continue reading

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Many fools have tried to embrace the 19,000,000 neon bulb excess of Las Vegas and only gotten singed for their hubris (how many copies of U2’s Pop have you counted at your local used CD store? has Brandon Flowers kept … Continue reading

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Yum!

Now the best part about the Idolator poll: the selected mixes. Rich, Ethan, and Andy’s are three of the best, but there are many others to which I’ve only given a cursory glance. Lots of goodies!

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